We just got back from Cambodia, where we spend a week visiting our hospital partner, Children’s Surgical Centre.
Meet Vanina, Watsi’s first international volunteer! Vanina writes patient stories from London, and occasionally Paris. In her day job, Vanina is the head of brand for BlaBlaCar, a ridesharing platform. She’s connecting people across Europe to build awareness for this efficient, social form of transportation.
Vanina sees volunteering at Watsi as a way to, “regularly change my world view, to focus back on people, and to take a break to intentionally practice generosity. It helps me keep perspective about what’s really important in life: being useful, having compassion, and living every day to it’s fullest. It’s a precious opportunity to think about others, and to change lives on an individual level. In fact, Watsi gives me more than I give Watsi.”
When asked what she likes about volunteering, she said, “I really enjoy watching the Watsi team explore how they will best deliver on their radical mission. Their relentless pursuit of a ‘can’t be done’ goal is just bad-ass. I love it. People always say something can’t be done until it’s done for the first time, and that’s what Watsi is working on. That’s awesome, and I’m glad to be part of the awesomeness.”
Meet Watsi’s youngest story writing volunteer, high school senior Alice He! Alice first heard of Watsi through Innospring/TEEC Angel Fund, one of Watsi’s founding donors. She has been helping patients tell their stories nearly since Watsi’s inception.
We are excited to announce our new partnership with the Vermont based organization Borue.
Borue is an initiative led by students from the University of Vermont. Borue’s mission is simple, sell shirts and donate all funds to charity. Since Watsi’s mission is also simple, 100% of every donation funds medical care with complete transparency, the partnership made clear sense.
“There is no substitute for health,” Borue’s founder Mushtaba says. “If you have health then you have the whole world. That is why we wanted to partner with Watsi.”
Borue shirt sales have already funded successful treatments for Watsi patients like Joseph, a newborn baby boy from Kenya who no longer has to live with the developmental congenital disorder spina bifida thanks to their support.
Head over to Borue.org to buy a tee that will fund a patient on Watsi!
A cool thing happened in Tanzania last week. Our partner hospital brought a group of surgeons from the US to their community to run a surgery camp.
These camps attract people with built-up unmet needs. Many of them travel miles to make it to the hospital, but cannot afford care once they arrive.
As a result, patients like Eva are turning to the Watsi community for support. Surgeons from WOGO (Women Orthropaedist Global Outreach) are volunteering their time and talents to perform the surgeries, but we need to help them cover the cost of supplies, hospital stay, and follow up.
Meet the patients from the camp and support one of them this week to have your donation matched by Watsi!
This week only, we’re matching donations made to patients from our medical partner Burma Border Projects. Patients like Moe Chit, pictured above, are fundraising for life-changing healthcare and need our support. So if you’ve been waiting to support a patient from Burma, now’s the time!
Support a patient in Burma and let us double your impact.